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Ind v Eng 2nd test: India make inroads into England batting

The 2nd day of the Lords test proved to be an interesting days cricket with 10 wickets falling and only 207 runs scored in the whole day. India after being dismissed for 364 made significant inroads into the England top order to leave them struggling at 119/3.

The day began poorly for India with Robinson quickly dismissing KL Rahul for 129, caught at cover.  Rahane(1) continued his poor run caught in the slips off Anderson. However, both Pant and Jadeja played well putting on 49 for the 6th wicket. Pant hit a fine on drive and followed that with two superb pulls of Robinson to announce his arrival.

However, he was not allowed to cut loose with the England bowlers bowling well to both lefthanders. Finally Wood had Pant (37) caught behind at 331/5.  The last five wickets for India fell for only 33 runs highlighting the lack of resilience from Indian tailenders. Jadeja (40) was last out after another impressive knock as India ended their 1st innings at 364, a good score considering that England sent India to bat on day 1. However, if we judge from the position India were in at the end of day 1, it was a disappointing ending to the innings after India were at 276/3 at the start of the day. 

For England, it was Anderson ( 5/62) who looked the best of the bowlers as usual.  Robinson 2/73 and Mark Wood 2/91 also bowled well in patches. 

England was rattled twice early in their innings with Dom Sibley (11) again caught at mid-wicket off Siraj and thus developing a repetitive mode of dismissal which should make the English selector take notice. Ind v Eng 2nd test: India make inroads into England batting..

Ind v Eng 2nd test: India make inroads into England batting
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Off to the very next ball, Haseeb Hameed making his test comeback miss the line of a straight delivery to be bowl by Siraj who was now on a hattrick. However, Root averted the same and along with Burns forged a strong partnership which looked likely to stay till the end. Finally, Mohammed Shami  got the crucial wicket of Burns (49) lbw. Burns was really looking good for a long innings. However to Root (48 not out ) who drew,  and Bairstow (6notout) played out the last moments of the 2nd day.


Brief scores
IND 1st Inns 364 (126.1 Ovs)
Rahul  129(250)
Rohit   83(145)
James Anderson   5/62
Robinson  2/73
ENG 1st Inns 119-3 (45 Ovs)
Rory Burns   49(136)
Joe Root(c)   48*(75)
Mohammed Siraj   2/34

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